Homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too board members meet today to discuss Mayor Charlie Hale’s offer of a new location–indoors. Yesterday, the mayor announced he wants the group to accept a warehouse at Northwest 4th and Hoyt. The city could sign a 15-month lease with the building’s owners by December 16th, but who would pay the $150,000 in rent is still unclear.
Camp leaders were not part of yesterday’s quickly arranged media tour of the building. Neither was Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who’s been leading the efforts to find the campers a new location. They’ve called a vacant lot at Northwest 4th and Burnside home for two years. Fritz calls the plan fiscally irresponsible. The old warehouse is not up to code. It has no heat, no showers, few bathrooms and would have to be made handicap accessible. A representative of R2DToo agrees it’s too expensive, and says the camp doesn’t want to have to pick up and move again next year.
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